January 5, 2011

Despicable Me - 2010

Directors: Pierre Coffin & Chris Renaud
Writers: Ken Daurio & Cinco Paul
Starring: Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russel Brand, Will Arnett, Kristen Wiig, Julie Andrews

"Are these beds made from bombs?" "Yes, but they are old and unlikely to explode...but don't toss and turn." After the theft of one of the Great Pyramids by his newfound nemesis Vector (Segel), supervillain Gru (Carell) sets out to steal the moon in a quest for one-upsmanship. However, his adoption of three young girls, originally as a means to an end, causes more trouble than expected.

More Dreamworks than Pixar in its tone and sensibilities, Despicable Me is thoroughly above average as far as animated features go. Definitely not a Toy Story 3 or How to Train Your Dragon, but mostly enjoyable nevertheless. The high point for me was a sight gag for the Bank of Evil ("formerly Lehman Brothers")...and the low point was yet another wholly unnecessary song-and-dance number at the end. There's an incredibly heartwarming resolution which, despite being seen from a mile away, is still very natural; why not just roll credits there? B+

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